My first Egyptian film (ironic, considering I've been to Egypt). I found it enjoyable enough but feel it would be a story better told as a mini-series or television show. A lot of confronting and controversial issues are touched upon but overall, the exploration of these topics lacked depth.
The most daring and confronting Egyptian film I have seen (apart from 1971's Adrift on the Nile). To see homosexuality depicted (somewhat) sympathetically in a film starring some of Egypt's most famous stars was a revelation. This film, and the book it was based on, were hugely successful in Egypt. I am quite amazed that neither were banned - perhaps a glimmer of hope that society there is opening up a little?